Long-awaited teachings from the late head of the Nyingma school and one of the best known masters in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. This book features timeless teachings in a style that is direct and sharp, bringing this great teacher, who was known for not mincing his words, vividly to life.
Translated by the Padmakara group, this heartfelt advice from Dudjom Rinpoche encourages us to "get a grip on our minds" and follow the Buddha`s instructions which point the way to give up our habitual ways of behaving in order to liberate ourselves from suffering. He also offers advice on how to view the often misunderstood teachings on tantra and says that the most important point is to study the view of the Great Perfection, Dzogchen - which is essentially, that all phenomena are empty by nature. But this must not cause us to fall into the trap of acting on our own meager understanding.
"Like eagles soaring into space, we should be clearly convinced of the view, but at the same time we should heed the karmic principle of cause and effect...If you gain control over your mind, then even if you are at the point of death, you will understand that it is only because of a particular thought that there is an impression of dying - and that the nature of the mind is utterly beyond both birth and death. It would be excellent if you could gain this confidence. So keep this little, essential instruction in your heart. Conviction and confidence in this is what we call the Dharma." Dudjom Rinpoche.